All over the press a couple of weeks back was news that a bandstand in Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham, has been Grade II Listed. It was listed because the 1095 bandstand is ‘thought to be the only surviving example from the McCallum and Hope Iron Foundry’.
But the real reason the bandstand sparked so much interest in the news is because it’s where David Bowie wrote Life on Mars.
Bowie lived in Beckenham in the late ’60s/early ’70s, having grown up in next-door Bromley. He set up Beckenham Arts Lab at the now-defunct Three Tuns pub from where the Growth Summer free festival was organised and duly held at the bandstand in August 1969.
Fast forward nearly 30 years and Mr Bowie was launching BowieNet, an ISP and social media platform where he could interact with fans and provide access to music, videos, photographs, etc. He also launched BowieWorld, a 3D chatroom. It all proved very popular, but as social media exploded it struggled to compete and was wound up in 2012.
Over the course of Mr Bowie’s 69 years, he would have seen many changes to the way music is created and stored. From paper, sheet music and scribbles in note pads to iPad apps and proprietary software. From vinyl through cassette tapes, CDs and MP3s to streaming services (and back to vinyl).
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